Archive for December, 2010

After a great trip Sunday morning, all I could think about at work was getting back out there for more winter Brown Trout fishing. So I ran home after work and launch the boat @ 3:45 pm . The High pressure had slowly pushed out and it was getting more and more cloudy as the day went on. I was the only boat on the lake and right off the bat missed 3 quick bites that fouled my lure into my line.  Then, I caught a skinny 21 inch hookjaw and  2 small Bows. At 4:45pm I hooked into  a good fighter…actually it was the best fighting Brown I have ever caught!! It jumped about a dozen times, tail-walking like a Marlin– then it dove deep- then jump-then deep..ect… it honesty took me about 5 minute to get into the boat.. It was a nice thick and  honorary  – 4 pound Brown.

15 minutes later, I went back to the spot where we caught the 6 pounder the day before and as I did my usual speed change –BOOM I got slammed !!! I could tell it was a heavy fish so I slowly worked him out into deeper water and then into my net!!  It was a 25 inch Hen that was super girthy– it weighed 6.5 pounds. I am really getting excited about the average size fish this year- it is definitely a better year than last year — I can’t wait for the spring and fall bites next year–there should be some real Toads swimming around by then. The pics did not turn out as good as I would have hoped – I was alone and in a hurry to release this fish to catch again next year!! She swam away great and splashed me with some 40 degree water to the face!! I trolled till 6pm and called it quits.



Saturday Dec. 11th- I hit a little lake for the afternoon bite- The weather has been awesome for December mid to high 40’s and hardly any wind. I fished from 2:30 -6 pm with Dejohn . I expect to get either no bites or at least on good Brown bite from this lake- The guy at the ramp said I was the first boat in over a week to launch !! I got really excited and knew that at any second a big old fatty could grab onto my lure.  It was slow as usual but we kept Trolling . Each of us got a scare as we foul hooked 18-20 inch browns that put up  good battles  coming in sideways and backwards. And Dejohn fouled a Big old Sucker fish in the side, almost yanking the rod out of his hand.   This lake is always like that- lots of foul hooked fish- weird- must be lots of following of the lures going on! Then Dejohn finally got one to eat the lure with it mouth. It was just a little guy but sure had some cool looking spots.

The next morning, Nielsen and I launched  at 7 am back at my home lake and by 7:45 we had already had a Double on 20 inch Browns and a solid 20 inch Bow. It was a great morning bite going off in a little cove and we went back thru it a few times picking up fish after fish.

That’s when Mike caught the biggest of the day…..hahaha…or should I say, he was making- BAIT!!  Crazy lil’ rainbows got a big appetite.

Capt. Mike Nielsen is Lake Tahoe’s best fishing guide and he is used to driving the boat all the time.. So when he asked me if he could drive my boat I said sure. It felt weird not driving my boat but it also was relaxing to just shoot the breeze and hold on to the rod.  Mike was zipping around and we were catching fish after fish..All of the Browns were pretty looking fish with cool red and black spotting & they were chunky too .

As Mike was driving the boat he put his rod in the rod holder to call his wife to try to get some extra hour time to fish and as he was talking to her- BAM his rod doubled over- I quickly grabbed it and tried to pass it to him but he said- ” nope you touched it, it’s yours now” – I could feel by the first run it took that it was a bigger fish, as I got it to the boat it started gator rolling like crazy trying to break the 10 pound line.  Once I grabbed it we realized it had a big old trout stuffed down it’s throught – it was short and fat but probably weighed about 6 pounds.  It was a tag-team so we each took a pic with it.

It was an awesome morning on the lake- we caught 10 Browns all over 20 inches and 5 Bows. We called it a day at Noon so Mike could go do some Christmas shopping with his Wife and Kid. Thanks for Driving me around and letting me reel in the 6 pounder Mikey!!!

When we started fishing we had cloud cover over us but by the end of the trip the skies were clear . I went back with Nicole from 3:30-6pm and missed 2 quick  bites and got skunked.  The High pressure set in and killed the bite. Oh well.

Wednesday Dec 8th. I was lucky enough to get out on the lake with Nicole to do some trolling. The weather was perfect. Low 40’s and a light chop on the water . We fished  from 2-6 pm and caught 6 Browns, 5 Bows and a Nice sized Cutt.  Nothing bigger than 21 inches but all fish were getting nice and thick as they fatten up for the cold winter.  Since the bite was good, I went back the next day and caught 4 more Browns and 2 Bows. Biggest was  22 inches. I fished 2:30-6pm. The weather was once again nice – in low 40’s but a little less wind to stir stuff up.

After all the Super cold weather the last 2 weeks, it is nice to see some 40 degree temps and clear boat ramps.  Saturday December 4th, Dejohn and I trolled from 2-6pm.  We caught 2 Browns and a 5 Bows.  Dejohn started us off  with a skinny Brown


and I ended it with a chunky Brown . Each of us caught a thick Rainbow. Winter time is when the Big fish prowl and this time of year I expect to catch the biggest and fattest fish as they bulk back up after spawning and they are preparing for the long Ice covered season.

The next day I went back out early in the morning with Neilsen and we trolled big stuff, smalll stuff , glow in the dark stuff, fast, slow ,everything we had we tried but  after 6 hours they just were not biting. Neilsen got 2 Browns but I was never able to hook up and got a big SKUNK.

So I went back the next morning as the storm rolled in. I got snowed on and rained on..then the sun came out , then more rain.. I trolled from 7-11 am for 2 smalll Browns.

Nov. 16th  the water temps are 45-47 degrees and it seems like the average Brown has been getting bigger. Fishing in November is my favorite because your odds of hooking a large brown on the troll is high- it only takes one second for a bite and this time of year any bite could be the one !   Fish are scattered along the shallow shorelines and  all around the top surface layer of the lake.  I fish a lake that has lots of hidden snags to troll around  and if you are not careful every point will eat your lure, so being able to fish shallow is key and if you snag you can go back and reel down to the lure 4-8 feet down and retrieve it.
I met up with my friend Mike Nielsen ‘s cousin, Paul. It was a pleasure to fish with Paul and always a treat to take a free boat ride and let someone else worry about the boat.  Paul came out from California to fish and `he had a bunch of his new Custom painted lures with him to try. Check out his website for some great custom patterns.
There has been a few coves on the lake that I have been doing well and one specific cove I have caught all my biggest fish so far this fall. Paul asked where to go and I said “ I ‘d go over there”  so we did. First pass thru the bay BOOM Paul gets a good hit and a nice 5.5 pound Brown .  After that I got 3 nice 17-20 inch Browns and then had to go in to work.  Paul stayed out for a few more 4 and 5 pound Browns.

The next day I got a call from Paul at mid day and he said he had just released a fat 8 pound Brown !! Nice work Paul.

We met up early the next day to hit a different lake but nothing wanted bite except a little Bow before I went into work. Paul got a nice chunky Rainbow after I left.

Saturday Nov. 20th  was a cold windy morning But Dejohn and I hit it early looking for a Toad. The bite was slow. We trolled for 3 hours before we got a bite- but as soon as it hit I knew Dejohn had a good fish.  It slammed a custom rainbow and started ripping line out into deeper water. And after a few minute battle Dejohn had his personal best Brown . A cool silvery 6 pounder.

Monday Nov. 22nd I got out for a few hours after a Snow storm and managed 3 fish, a Bow, Cutty and Brown. Nothing over 22 inches.
Friday Nov. 26th was a cold one. Water temps dropped to 43 degrees. We had  a bunch of cold Artic air pushed in and it made fishing tough but my Dad was in town for the Holiday and he wanted to fish. We fished 4 hours for 2 Browns and a few little Bows. My Dad got the biggest of the day – a nice 23 inch hookjaw. This fish jump 5 times and gave my Dad a great fight!!

The next day we went right back out same lure, same spot, same time of day and Bam a solid 24 inch 5 pound. hookjaw for my Dad. This fish never jumped it just bulldogged him like a big Brown should. Thanks for fishing in the freezing cold with me Dad. I loved it and it reminded me of all the days we used to fish together back in California when I was a kid. !!!